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Lithuania opts for change in poll upset

Vilnius - A party of political outsiders fronted by a former police chief pulled off a stunning election victory in Lithuania on Sunday on the back of promises to deliver much-needed economic growth to curb a labour exodus.

Lithuanians vote for change handing farmers' party surprise win

Vilnius - Lithuanians fed up with low wages and a labour exodus voted for major changes in Sunday's general election, handing victory to a farmers' party that previously held just one seat in parliament.

Lithuania opposition eyes power in tight run-off election

Vilnius - Lithuania's left-wing government was fighting for survival Sunday in a run-off election clouded by an exodus of workers that has fuelled a demographic crisis in the Baltic eurozone state.

Lithuanians vote for change as opposition set to oust leftists

Vilnius - Lithuanians fed up with economic inequality voted for change in round one of a general election, with Monday's results showing the opposition set to oust the governing leftists in an October 23 run-off.

Leftists struggling to survive as Lithuania votes

Vilnius - Lithuania's leftwing government was struggling to survive Sunday in round one of a general election, with voters bitter over economic inequality and mass emigration from the Baltic eurozone state.

Russia deploys nuclear-capable missiles on NATO doorstep

Vilnius - Russia is again deploying nuclear-capable Iskander missiles into its Kaliningrad outpost that borders two NATO members, Lithuania said Saturday, warning the move was aimed at pressuring the West into making concessions over Syria and Ukraine.

Lithuania eyes Norway air defence deal amid Russia fears

Vilnius - Lithuania said Monday it is in talks to buy Norwegian anti-aircraft missile systems to address the defence gap on NATO's eastern flank, amid concerns over Russia.

Wary of Russia, Lithuania builds fake town to practice warfare

- Lithuania on Tuesday opened a fake town featuring a school, sports stadium and shopping mall to practice urban warfare amid concerns over a militarily resurgent Russia next door.

Lithuania buys German combat vehicles in major arms deal

Vilnius - Lithuania on Monday signed a deal for German-made armoured vehicles intended to boost its defence capabilities, as it seeks to allay concerns of a military resurgence of Russia on its doorstep.

Lithuania snubs pro-Kremlin pop star

Vilnius - Lithuania has denied entry to a Russian pop singer known for his patriotic songs and his pro-Kremlin stance on the Ukraine conflict, officials said Thursday, underscoring tensions with Moscow in the Baltic region.

Lithuania leader marks 'breakthrough' German troop deployment

Vilnius - Germany's decision to deploy a battalion of troops to Lithuania under a NATO initiative marks a "mindset breakthrough" for Berlin towards taking a leading role in European defence, the Lithuanian president said Thursday.

Afghan wins asylum in Lithuania after Taliban death threats

Vilnius - A 22-year-old Afghan man who received Taliban death threats over his work for the Lithuanian army in the war-torn country has won asylum in the Baltic state after reaching out on social media, the interior ministry said Wednesday.

'Trump-Putin kiss' graffiti goes viral

Vilnius - Street graffiti depicting Donald Trump passionately locking lips with Russian President Vladimir Putin went viral on social media in Lithuania Friday, appearing to show concern over the US White House hopeful's attitude toward Moscow.

Papal envoy preaches peace at Baltic NATO base

Siauliai - The most senior cardinal in the Vatican met NATO troops in Lithuania on Saturday, delivering a message of peace in the Baltic region amid tensions with Russia.

US F-22 fighter jets land in Lithuania amid Russia tensions

Siauliai - Two American stealth F-22 fighter jets landed in Lithuania on Wednesday in an apparent show of force, after tensions with Moscow flared this month when a Russian aircraft buzzed an American warship in the Baltic Sea.

Lithuania welcomes Afghan who reached out on social media

Vilnius - A 22-year-old Afghan man landed in Lithuania on Wednesday after reaching out to the president for help on YouTube and securing a temporary visa that paves the way for asylum."I heard Germany has a lot of money, but I want to be in Lithuania.

Holocaust haunts Lithuanians as painful past comes to light

Vilnius - Lithuanians are taking an agonising closer look at their forefathers' role in killing Jewish neighbours during the Holocaust, a dark chapter of the Baltic country's history that was hidden for decades.

Lithuania opens war crimes trial over Soviet crackdown

Vilnius - Lithuania on Wednesday launched the trial of 65 former Soviet officials over a deadly 1991 crackdown by Moscow during he Baltic state's independence drive.

Philanthropists hand Lithuania world-class modern art museum

Vilnius - Local philanthropists are teaming up with a world-renowned architect to hand Lithuania's capital Vilnius its first modern art museum, with doors due to open in early 2019.

Eastern Europe fears closer French-Russian ties amid Ukraine crisis

Palanga - Several Eastern European countries are becoming increasingly worried that the West may abandon Ukraine in return for Russian backing in Syria, as Paris, Moscow and Washington develop closer ties in the fight against the Islamic State jihadist group.
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